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Scott Barnes gains redemption with Skusa Winter Series title glory

Title delight: Scott Barnes, centre, celebrates winning the Shifter Masters class of the Skusa Winter Series at the AMR Homestead-Miami Motorplex in Florida (Photograph Scott Banres)

Scott Barnes completed his quest for redemption after clinching a Skusa Winter Series title with a dominant display in the Shifter Masters class at the AMR Homestead-Miami Motorplex in Florida.

After agonisingly missing out on title glory to Freddy Rhemrev in last year’s series, the 37-year-old was desperate to make amends this time around.

Having laid the foundations in a near-perfect weekend in the opening two rounds last month – winning both heats, finishing third and second in the finals, as well picking up bonus points for claiming both poles and fastest lap times – Barnes knew the title was well in his grasp ahead of this weekend.

Building on that momentum, the Bermuda Karting Club president kicked off proceedings with another heat victory on Saturday and took full advantage of his pole position by taking the chequered flag in the final.

He followed that up by putting himself the front row again with victory in heat four but was subsequently disqualified for breaching kart width regulations and was forced to start the final at the back of the grid.

Undeterred, Barnes somehow managed to battle his way through the field to sensationally clinch a third victory and wrap up the title in style.

“I came into the 2022 SKUSA Winter Tour with the goal of winning the championship,” said Barnes, reflecting on the back of last year’s disappointment.

“We dominated the four rounds of the championship winning three out of the four finals races and three out of four of the heat races, as well as setting pole in all four rounds of qualifying.

“It was great to wrap up the championship after the finals win on Saturday.

“I have to thank my tuner Cody Beck and my team Harden Motorsports Group for all their help and everything to get this championship won.

“After falling short and having to settle for second in the championship last year, I came determined to get it done this year and we stayed focused and hungry for all four rounds.”

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Published February 16, 2022 at 7:46 am (Updated February 16, 2022 at 7:45 am)

Scott Barnes gains redemption with Skusa Winter Series title glory

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